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St Edmund's Catholic school, deemed inadequate in January 2013, makes progress according to Ofsted

St Edmund’s Catholic School in Old Charlton Road is improving according to its fourth monitoring inspection report from Ofsted.

Inspectors visited the school for two days looking at its progress and meeting senior and middle leaders, students, two members of the interim executive board as well as representatives of the archdiocese and the local authority.

The inspectors found that children’s learning was “steadily improving” since the school was deemed inadequate in January 2013.

Head teacher Catrina Hamilton - Ofsted say the school is improving
Head teacher Catrina Hamilton - Ofsted say the school is improving

Their report also said: “Teaching has improved further since the last monitoring visit, it is of a more reliable standard across the school.

“Lessons are consistently better organised and teachers usually give clear explanations and instructions.”

Head teacher Catrina Hamilton told the Mercury that some teachers had moved on and other specialised teachers had come on board.

The school uniform has also changed in the hope that pupils will adopt a new sense of positivity while learning.

Inspectors also spoke to pupils who said they “feel safe and are pleased at how well behaviour has improved, as a result of the school’s better systems and procedures.”

Mrs Hamilton added: “We think it is a very accurate report.

“It states that we are making reasonable progress and we have been given the best grade they can give us, they can’t say anymore than that.

“The staff have worked incredibly hard as have the students. And the parents have been supportive of the changes we have made.

“We feel it is a very different school to what it was this time last year.”

Read the full report in this week's Dover Mercury - out now.

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